10 November 2019

Juno Beach Memorial Bridge

On the morning of Friday 8 November 2019, there was a renaming ceremony of Ottawa's Airport Parkway Pedestrian Bridge to the Juno Beach Memorial Bridge. It was cold (-3C) with an appropriately blustery wind reminiscent of conditions on the Normandy coast on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

In attendance and making remarks were, from the left, Tom Irvine, Dominion President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Meriel Beament Bradford of the Juno Beach Centre, local Councillor Riley Brockington who was Emcee and the Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson.
Also present were Heather Dawson, mother, and family of young Kenny Dagenais who died at the location while trying to cross the Parkway on 22 October 2007. His tragic death led to the building of the bridge crossing which opened in November 2014.
The plaque unveiled will be installed at a later date.

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